This issue examines Georgia's historic October 2012 parliamentary elections in which power passed peacefully to the opposition for the first time in the country's history. Giorgi Kldiashvili examines the course of the campaign, including the impact of the prison scandal. David Sichinava provides an overview of the regional breakdown of the results, stressing the rural urban divide between the two parties that won parliamentary representation. Cory Welt examines the prospects for democratic development in the aftermath of the election. Finally, Niklas Nilsson considers the international implications. The relatively free and fair elections likely improve Georgia's relations with the West and potentially open the door to better relations with Russia as well.